Mercedes-Benz has announced full details on the 2012 CLS 63 AMG model.
New for the CLS 63 is now AMG's 5.5 liter biturbo V8 engine, which replaces the outgoing naturally aspirated 6.3 liter V8.
The new 5.5 liter biturbo unit features a peak output of 410 kW (557 PS/550 bhp) and 800 Nm (590 lb-ft) of torque with the AMG Performance package. The standard engine configuration is rated at 386 kW (525 PS / 521 bhp) and 700 Nm (516 lb-ft) of torque.
Both units are mated to the AMG Speedshift MCT 7-speed sport transmission.
Fuel economy on the standard CLS 63 AMG now comes in at under 10 liter/100 km (a noteworthy achievement) - with a 9.9 liters per 100 km rating on the European cycle (NEDC).
That represents a remarkable 32 percent improvement in fuel-economy over the predecessor's 6.3 liter unit with an output of 378 kW (514 PS/510 bhp) and 630 Nm (465 lb-ft) of torque. That new fuel-economy rating comes by means of a stop/start system, engine technology such as piezo injectors and an aluminum crankshaft, as well as the use of aluminum panels in the body.
The 0 to 100 km/h sprint is 4.4 seconds for the standard model and 4.3 seconds for the CLS 63 with the AMG Performance package. The standard variant has a top speed electronically limited to 250 km/h (155 mph).
The CLS 63 AMG comes with 3 drive modes: 'S' (Sport), 'S+' (Sport plus) and 'M' (Manual) and features AMG Ride Control suspension for a smoother, more exact ride quality with 3 modes of its own: Comfort, Sport and Sport Plus.
The 2012 CLS 63 AMG comes standard with high-performance LED headlights, AMG light-alloy wheels in a new triple-spoke design with 255/35R19 and 285/30R19 tires front and rear, respectively.
The AMG Performance package also offers a ceramic high-performance composite braking system, carbon fibre/black piano lacquer trims elements, door sills with illuminated AMG logo, carbon-fiber spoiler lip for the boot and red brake calipers, a seperate set of 19-inch light alloys in a double 5-spoke design and, aside from the aforementioned performance Boost, the package includes a top speed limit bumped up to 300 km/h (186 mph).
Prices in Germany for the 2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS 63 AMG start at €115,846.50 including 19 percent VAT. The AMG Performance package rings in at €7735 (VAT included).
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2012 Mercedes-Benz ML63 AMG revealed - raw footage
Mercedes-Benz has introduced the 2012 ML63 AMG just ahead of its debut at
the Los Angeles auto show on Wednesday.
The ML63 AMG is powered by a 5.5-liter V8 biturbo engine with an output of 518 hp (386 kW /
525 PS) and 516 lb-ft (699 Nm) of torque. Fuel-economy has been improved
rather dramatically over the previous unit (33 percent) and now features a
rating of 16 mpg (14.7 liters/100 km).
Customers wanting more power can opt for the AMG Performance Package which
Boosts the V8's output to 550 hp
(410 kW / 558 PS) and a maximum torque of 560 lb-ft (758 Nm).
Acceleration on the standard model is 4.7 seconds for the 0 to 60 mph (96
km/h) sprint while its a quicker 4.6 seconds with the AMG Performance
Top speed is 155 mph (250 km/h) standard and 174 mph (280 km/h) with the
New on the ML63 AMG is the Active Curve System which stabilizes body roll
for more solid handling of this large SUV. The AMG SPEEDSHIFT PLUS 7-speed
automatic transmission also gets a new fuel-efficient torque converter that
helps Boost fuel-economy.
The press release below has full details.
The 2012 Mercedes-Benz ML63 AMG goes on sale in the first quarter of next
2012 Mercedes SLK-Class officially revealed
Mercedes-Benz has officially unveiled the 2012 SLK roadster.
The most distinguishing feature of the new SLK, now in its third
generation, is the panoramic roof with Magic Sky Control, whereby the the
transparency of the 'vario-roof' can be changed from light to dark.
The new front face of the SLK, with its more upright grill, references the
SLS AMG as well as being in keeping with Benz's new design paradigm which
is holding to that feature. But the new design still improves on the SLK's
drag co-efficient, though - 0.30 compared to the previous model's 0.32.
The SLK350 model comes fitted with a new 3.5 liter V6 doling out 302 bhp
(225 kW / 306 PS) and powering the SLK to a 0 to 60 mph (97 km/h) sprint
time of 5.4 seconds. Top speed is 155 mph (250 km/h).
An SLK250 will be launched later in the year with a 1.8 liter unit
producing 201 PS (148 kW). The SLK250 has a respectable 0 to 60 mph sprint
time of 6.5 seconds and also features the same top speed as in the V6.
Mercedes-Benz promises a better ride on the new SLK thanks to firmer
springs and dampers on the suspension and torque vectoring brakes.
New technology on the SLK includes an Airguide windstop system - a new
invention from Mercedes-Benz's clever engineers to help control air flow
and noise in the cabin area when the top is down.
Order books open in Germany on 17 January 2011. The prices including VAT
are as follows:
SLK 200 BlueEFFICIENCY: 38,675 euros,
SLK 250 BlueEFFICIENCY: 44,256.10 euros,
SLK 350 BlueEFFICIENCY: 52,300.50 euros.
The 2012 SLK-Class makes its U.S. showroom debut in summer 2011.
Ferrari Four Concept revealed - the making of
After months of speculation, Ferrari has officially unveiled the new Four
concept ahead of its debut at the Geneva Motor Show.
Essentially a preview of the 612 Scaglietti replacement, the FF features a
bold Pininfarina design that mixes elements from the 458 Italia,
California, and 599 GTB Fiorano. Most notably, the car is a shooting brake
which affords 450 liters (15.9 cubic feet) of cargo capacity with the rear
seats up and 800 liters (28.3 cubic feet) with the rear seats down.
Underpinned by an all-new chassis, the Four has an independent suspension
with magnetically adjustable dampers and Brembo carbon ceramic brakes. More
importantly, the car is equipped with an advanced Ruote Motrici (4RM)
four-wheel drive system that is heavily rear-biased and "delivers record
levels of performance on all terrains and in all conditions via continuous
and intelligent predictive torque distribution to all four wheels."
Under the hood, power is provided by a 6.2-liter V12 engine with 660 PS
(485 kW / 651 hp) and 683 Nm (504 lb-ft) of torque. It is connected to a
double-clutch transmission which enables the 1790 kg (3946 lb) concept to
accelerate from 0-100 km/h in 3.7 seconds and hit a top speed 335 km/h (208
mph). Furthermore, the FF has a combined fuel consumption of 15.4 L/100 km
(15.3 mpg US) and CO2 emissions of 360 g/km.